Dressed in baggy denim, torn sneakers, and a sling bag. He is stepping out of home at 12 and assuring of being at home by 5. On being asked we come to know he is heading towards his damn too cool office which is Google– The best place to work as ranked by many surveys.
On another hand, My dear friend is wearing properly ironed trousers with matching socks, contrasting tie, pleated shirt, and shining shoes with a heavy laptop bag on his shoulders, left for office at 8:30 sharp. Claiming to inform not sure if he will be able to catch up for dinner party at 9 or not; is an employee of a Top IT company.
Can you not see a vast gap? Is Google not working or not expecting it’s employees to work hard?
Or If IT companies are in some kind of a race or are they pushing their employees to work beyond capacities?
I will tell you the difference-
1) Smart Work Vs Hard Work: I was working for an IT company, where all the employees log in by 10 and gear up for work by 12ish. What is the sense of wasting those precious hours and slogging late at night? Let me tell you who are these people who want to sit late at night and create such a culture- bachelors living away from home to work in a big city. They like to sit in the office for free internet, air conditioning and don’t forget those complimentary snacks that companies provide to people who sit late. Work smartly for life and not hardly for over-time perks.
2) Innovative or Monotonous work:- if you work differently and there will always be something creative or innovative that will click your mind and you will sort smarter ways of doing your usual chores, you don’t need to put exact 9 hours in a day to prove yourself or impress your boss. Your style matters and not hours. I am sure, your boss will be happier with your amazing work instead of your prolonged presence.
3) Working on Robots or working like Robots? If you are in Microsoft, you will be working on the creation of technology and not on working like a machine for the companies that want cheap labor. It’s high time that companies should be recognizing the talent that they have in-house and rewarding them accordingly, so they are motivated to work innovatively.
4) Setting free will bring them back: Human nature is like a ping pong ball. The more you set them free, the more will be the trust and with that trust, they will work effectively towards the goals of the organization, that’s why Google, Facebook, etc give all the flexibility to its employees to keep the attrition rate balanced. Why not give your employees flexible timings, open work culture, make cooler offices, organise team events, and realise potential. they show-up in return?
Grow up guys get a life. There is a concept like ‘Work-Life Balance’ which if initiated by you will definitely compel these IT companies to change the culture.
Let’s prove the fact that the IT workforce is the most innovative one and not the cheapest one.
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